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Tom Baker

Principal

San Francisco

Thomas Baker joined The Boston Consulting Group’s San Francisco office as a consultant in 2011. A core member of the firm’s Energy practice, he has worked for clients in the utility and renewables industries. He is the global topic leader for distributed energy resources at BCG and is a leader of the firm’s green energy and environment sector in North America.

Tom has worked on clean-tech and other power topics with a variety of clients, including utilities, technology, industrial goods, and public sector companies, as well as clean-tech pure-players. He has rich experience across the US and globally, including project work in Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Tom is a scientist with experience and expertise in energy and clean technology—specifically solar photovoltaics (PVs) and other renewables, as well as energy efficiency. He has been a featured speaker and panelist at many industry conferences.

Among Tom’s projects are a rooftop-solar investment strategy he developed for a US utility—and a strategy he devised for a Korean PV manufacturer to enter the distributed energy space (energy efficiency, energy storage, demand response). He also helped a US utility transform its business to integrate more renewables and offer new customer solutions.

Before joining BCG, Tom worked in strategic marketing at First Solar and also as a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked with renewable technologies, such as lithium-ion batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. Tom has contributed to several BCG publications on the energy sector.

In his graduate work at Harvard University, Tom focused on computational solid-state physics applied to heterogeneous catalysis and PV.

Areas of Expertise

  • Global topic leader, distributed-energy resources
  • North America leader for BCG’s green energy and environment sector
  • Energy storage
  • Renewable energy (including solar and wind)
  • Smart grid and other grid technologies
  • Energy efficiency
  • Strategy within the power industry
  • Distributed-energy resources
  • Other clean technologies (such as electric vehicles)

Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
  • Mortar Board National Graduate School Fellowship
  • National Phi Kappa Phi Graduate School Fellowship
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Education

  • PhD, chemical physics, Harvard University
  • BS, chemistry, valedictorian, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
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